Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Fallacy: Appeal to Emotion

I am happy to report that the Tuesday Night Bible Study finally finished discussing fallacies!!!
Three weeks (and 42 Fallacies) later, I think everybody is ready to move on!

You really don't realize how many fallacies you use in your daily speech until you have to read through (with examples) all of them. Appeal to Pity, Straw Man, Genetic Fallacy, Red Herring, Appeal to Flattery, Appeal to Popularity...but I must confess that my favorite was the Bandwagon! (oh Dearest Becca!)

Be careful how you talk, and listen carefully to what others say. Know when someone is committing a fallacy, because it might be your only way out of a very hard situation. (such as someone questioning your beliefs).

Today my mother brought out a book with the title "Eats, Shoots and Leaves." On the first page it tells the story of a Panda who goes into a restaurant, eats his food, pulls out a gun and fires it into the air, and then proceeds to walk out the door. The waitress stands there dumbfounded. But when she looks at the table she sees a pamphlet concerning Pandas. On the front of it are the words "Pandas: Eats, shoots and leaves."

The whole point of the books is how important punctuation is. (I know, this lady had WAY to much time on her hands!) But the books is very interesting and has some funny things to say along the way. For instance, did you know the movie "Two Weeks Notice" should instead say "Two Week's Notice"? A famous movie, and it is missing the punctuation! My mother was appalled! But then again, she is appalled whenever we are driving down the Belt and Green Hills has spelled something wrong! I guess that's what you get when you have employees who make minimum wage.

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